Hong Kong tourism

Tourism Board expects 59m visitors to Hong Kong this year, 45m from mainland

Visitor numbers are estimated to grow by 8.6 per cent on last year. Photo: Nora Tam

Hong Kong will see about 59 million visitors this year, an increase of 8.6 per cent from last year, the Tourism Board estimates. That would be slower than the year-on-year growth rate of 11.7 per cent last year.

Tuesday, 18 February, 2014, 6:38pm 3 comments

Going underground could give shops the space they need to deal with tourism boom

A gold shop in an underground shopping centre, Zhong Min Bai Hui Shopping Mall, at Xiamen train station in Fujian province. Photo: Denise Tsang

Restaurants, shops, theme parks and fast-food chains enjoyed brisk sales as hordes of tourists descended on Hong Kong during the Lunar New Year holiday, but how long can they cope with the escalating influx?

10 Feb 2014 - 10:07am 2 comments

Border malls make shopping easy for mainlanders, industry chief says

More accessible locations may make shopping in Hong Kong less tiring for mainland visitors. Photo: David Wong

More shopping centres are needed near the border and along railway lines to cope with an additional tens of millions of tourists expected in the coming years, an industry leader says.

Official estimates show the city may receive 70 million visitors annually in the next three years and 100 million within a decade, mostly from the mainland.

20 Jan 2014 - 1:40pm 11 comments

Regulate tourist numbers for Hong Kong's benefit

Too much, too fast

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has initiated a review of Hong Kong's tourism policy. It must be a radical reassessment, as the old model is no longer relevant. Continued growth in tourism is unrealistic and it must be stabilised.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:23am 6 comments

Travel Industry Council clamps down on shady tour agents with new rules

From April 29, inbound tour organisers would have to submit proof to the council that they had booked accommodation for their tour members before they arrived, the council said yesterday.

10 Apr 2013 - 4:46am

Mainland Chinese tourists help push up sales at Prada

Prada added 78 stores to its retail network last year, helping drive group revenue. Photo: Bloomberg

In a filing to the Hong Kong exchange on Tuesday, the luxury leather goods maker reported a 23 per cent increase in sales last year at constant exchange rates. Sales in Europe excluding Italy were up 33 per cent at constant exchange rates, while sales in the Asia-Pacific rose 23 per cent. Growth in Italy was 19 per cent, in North America 15 per cent and in Japan 8 per cent.

20 Feb 2013 - 3:35am

CY urges cautious growth for tourism industry amid scandals

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying urged the council to be rigorous in handling the recent tourism fiascos. Photo: David Wong

The chief executive cautioned the tourism industry against blindly pursuing growth in visitor numbers, as a travel agency boss at the centre of recent scandals failed yet again to appear at the Travel Industry Council, as ordered, on Tuesday morning.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am